What is this "Visual Micro" nonsense?

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I'm trying to use Atmel Studio like I always do, but it keeps popping up boxes asking me to try or buy Visual Micro.

And over and over again, it tells me there's an update to ASF.

I just want to USE the *&^$ thing! Has studio become malware?

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No RSTDISBL, no fun!

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Has studio become malware?
No, it has always been since AS5.... :?

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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If you don't know my whole story, keep your mouth shut.

If you know my whole story, you're an accomplice. Keep your mouth shut. 

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The visual Micro "buy me" pop-ups are really annoying; such a thing shouldn't be permitted in an Atmel-distributed plugin, IMO.

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I don't have any problems, still using AS4.18! :wink:

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Are you seeing this as a result of some extension that has been installed I wonder?

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Are you seeing this as a result of some extension that has been installed I wonder?

It's not bundled by us at least...

:: Morten

 

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Ok. It came with the Arduino IDE for Atmel Studio 6.1 & 6.2 extension, which I mistakenly clicked when studio was pestering me to update the ASF that I don't use yet again.

I used the control panel in windows to uninstall anything that said "Visual Micro" and the popup asking me to configure it has gone away.

If you don't know my whole story, keep your mouth shut.

If you know my whole story, you're an accomplice. Keep your mouth shut. 

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Torby wrote:
I'm trying to use Atmel Studio like I always do, but it keeps popping up boxes asking me to try or buy Visual Micro.

And over and over again, it tells me there's an update to ASF.

I just want to USE the *&^$ thing! Has studio become malware?

Hi Torby,

The ASF update prompt is nothing to do with the Visual Micro software it is a part of Atmel Studio. If you run the update it will not prompt until the next update.

The prompt that appears once every few weeks to upgrade to the debug version of Visual Micro can be disabled in the options.

The "Stop trying to sell me stuff" switch is documented here with the rest of the product documentation. http://www.visualmicro.com/page/...

It takes a lot of time and effort to create the software which is used actively by many. So the upgrade simply attempts to recover some of the costs however the Arduino functionality is free.

All in all I can find no substance in anything you have said and your words do nothing other than cast a false shadow.

RTFM

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Hi westfw,

You can see the answer in my previous message and also the reasons for trying to gain some income from the tool.

Visual Micro is an extensive tool for Arduino development and I politely request that rather than moan you either read the documentation or join the free forum and ask your question.

If you don't like the answer then you can moan, anything else is entirely unfair.

Tim

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Can't you put a tick box in the trying to sell me stuff dialog that simply says "not interested, don't show this again"? then everyone would be happy.

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This would have been another reason to use a hammer and smash my computer...just as well I'm staying well away from the bloat in AS6! Not good for the blood pressure.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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Admittedly you only get these nags IFF you choose to download this add-on. If you read the blurb I'm sure it must tell you somewhere that what you are downloading is a trial of a commercial product.

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You'll notice that I solved the problem 2 months ago.

If you don't know my whole story, keep your mouth shut.

If you know my whole story, you're an accomplice. Keep your mouth shut. 

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I don't mind if I download Visual Micro from Visual Micro and it does nag-ware at me each time I run it. But something offered as an "Atmel Stdio Extension" should be more up-front that it will do so, more subtle in its nagging (perhaps each time I start an Arduino project, rather than each time I start AS?), and easier to turn off. (I mean, I really shouldn't have to read the VS documentation if I'm not using it, right?) (Hmm. Does it actually run only "every week" or so? It has seemed to pop up every time I start AS. But I don't actually USE AS very often... "Every few weeks" might be an acceptable compromise.)

Although, my initial impression was that VM (the people) had received some compensation from Atmel in exchange for implementing VM (the product) as a AS extension...

In any case, thanks for the disable instructions.

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The nag wasn't a nag it was the configuration window that requests a location of an Arduino Ide. If no location was configured then a bug prompted the "request for config" each time Visual Micro started. Sorry about that!

 

The latest releases only request configuration one time otherwise you have to enter the path manually at a later time.

 

The prompt to buy the Pro version appears every 4 weeks for unregistered users.

 

Thanks